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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Brief Transition Planning Assessment (BTPA) at NESCA


By Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS
Director of Transition Services

January 16, 2014

What is BTPA? And why should you consider it?
  • The BTPA measures a student’s interests, preferences, needs and skills related to the demands of current and future social, living, educational, and work environments.
  • Best practice indicates that transition assessment should begin no later than age 14. The BTPA can provide a baseline for students who are beginning the transition assessment process or serve as a measure of current performance for students who are already in the midst of transition.
  • The BTPA is conducted as an adjunct to the neuropsychological evaluation and includes an additional 90-minute student intake and testing session with a transition specialist as well as student, parent, and teacher questionnaires.
  • The BTPA assesses baseline skills related to self-advocacy, self-determination, employment, postsecondary education/training, daily living, leisure activities, community participation, health, communication, and interpersonal relationships.
  • There is a long list of skills to be mastered as part of post-secondary transition. Each student’s list will be different based on his or her vision, but all students and their parents benefit from having a systematic plan for developing the skills that they need to make a successful transition to independent adulthood.
  • The BTPA can help to determine short- and long-term planning goals, identify needed services, support instructional programming decisions, provide information about present level of performance, and refine a student’s personal vision.
  • Results and recommendations of the BTPA are incorporated into the neuropsychological evaluation.
Questions about BTPA or any of NESCA’s other transition assessment, planning or consultation services can be addressed to Kelley Challen at kchallen@nesca-newton.com or by calling (617) 658-9826.

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